Bhutan Red Cross So­ci­ety Bill 2016 will be de­lib­er­ated in next win­ter ses­sion

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The chair­per­son of the leg­isla­tive com­mit­tee, MP Ritu Raj Ch­hetri in­tro­duced the Bhutan Red Cross So­ci­ety Bill 2016 for first and sec­ond read­ing to the Na­tional Assem­bly last Mon­day.

He said that the bill is a his­tor­i­cal bill which is a Pri­vate Mem­ber’s Bill in­tro­duced in the Na­tional Coun­cil by the em­i­nent mem­ber Tashi Wangmo and ac­cord- in­gly sent to Na­tional Assem­bly. He in­formed the House that the Bill is mainly aimed at build­ing a safer, re­silient and har­mo­nious so­ci­ety and also to pre­vent and alleviate hu­man suf­fer­ings in times of dis­as­ters/ nat­u­ral calami­ties.

While all the mem­bers were in sup­port of the bill, some mem­bers raised their concerns on the pro­ce­dure with re­spect to fail­ure to ta­ble all the doc­u­ments pre­scribed in the Rules of Pro­ce­dure. Mem­bers also in­quired if the bill was in con­sis­tence with the ex­ist­ing rel­e­vant laws of dis­as­ter man­age­ment and civil so­ci­ety.

How­ever, most of the mem­bers in­clud­ing the Min­is­ter of Home and Cul­tural Af­fairs, the Min­is­ter for Health and the Mem­ber of KharYu­rung Con­stituency said that the bill is clear with its aims and ob­jec­tives which don’t re­quire fur­ther doc­u­men­ta­tion sup­port.

They added that this bill will only com­ple­ment and sup­ple­ment the ex­ist­ing Laws on dis­as­ter in ad­dress­ing all sorts of dis­as­ters that are be­yond our gov­ern­ment’s ca­pac­ity to deal with. It was also high­lighted that the Red Cross So­ci­ety will work in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the ex­ist­ing agen­cies of dis­as­ter man­age­ment and res­cue teams.

The chair­per­son of the com­mit­tee in his mo­tion for sec­ond read­ing on the bill submitted that he is hope­ful to pass the bill with sup­port from all the Mem­bers at the ear­li­est pos­si­ble keep­ing in mind the ben­e­fits it would bring about in times of nat­u­ral dis­as­ters. He in­formed that it is the largest hu­man­i­tar­ian aids which have 190 coun­tries as its mem­bers.

The House af­ter ex­ten­sive de­lib­er­a­tion re­ferred the bill to the leg­isla­tive com­mit­tee for re­view and will be tabled in the win­ter ses­sion for the third read­ing.

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